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Saint Elizabeth falls short to Penn State-Harrisburg; basketball season comes to an end

Saint Elizabeth falls short to Penn State-Harrisburg; basketball season comes to an end

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. -- Saint Elizabeth basketball saw another successful season come to an end last night as the Screaming Eagles fell in the quarterfinals of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Championships. Saint Elizabeth, making its second consecutive appearance in the NEAC Championships fell to Penn State-Harrisburg, 79-73, and closed out the season with an overall record of 11-14 and 9-9 in the conference. 

The Screaming Eagles took off out of the gate with a three point lead, 8-5, six minutes into the game. Stephanie Yetter of Harrisburg tied the game back up nearly two minutes later.  

CSE was trailing by two with 11 minutes left in the first half when forward Chantele Clark made a layup after grabbing the offensive rebound, 12-12. 

Penn State-Harrisburg (18-8, 13-5 NEAC) began to pull away, going on a 5-0 run with 10 minutes remaining. But CSE junior Cheyenne Grant pulled the Eagles back into range after grabbing her own rebound and scoring the bucket, followed by coming down the floor to hit a 3-pointer to get within 22-17.

Nearing six minutes to go in the half, Harrisburg was up 30-21.  After a made bucket from CSE center Madellyn Rodriguez, Grant game down the floor again for another 3-pointer, and the Eagles trailed by just four.  It was then, that Harrisburg would go on an 11-point run and ended the half up 39-30. 

Starting off the second half, the Eagles began to chip away at the nine-point deficit.  Naquell Simmons had two layups but Harrisburg kept the lead. CSE senior Noelle Grande hit a 3-pointer with 14:31 remaining to make the score 52-45 in favor of Harrisburg. 

Simmons was again strong on the boards had three-point play to pull CSE within five, 53-48. 

With 12 minutes remaining, the Eagles pulled within two after a Rodriguez layup. In the final three minutes, Saint Elizabeth was only down by two points, but could not make find another critical basket as Harrisburg held on for the win and advanced to the NEAC semifinals.

Grant led CSE with 19 points while hitting four 3-pointers. Simmons added 15 points and nine rebounds while Clark added 12 points.